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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "a security company " (this will cost you money - be careful with upfront payments to anyone you only know through email, especially if they promise you a lot of money. NEVER send money by Western Union or MoneyGram to people you do not know personally - NO EXCEPTIONS! Instant wire transfer services are not meant to be used with strangers because they offer no protection against fraud. That is precisely why the criminals want you send money that way. )
- "million dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2011 13:45:40 +0100
Subject: Beloved Friend,contact me here, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am writing this mail to you with heavy tears In my eyes and great
sorrow in my heart
because my Doctor just announce to me that I will die in few months
time because of extent
damage of osephageal cancer. I have been suffering from this dreaded
sickness for long,
base on this development I want to will my money which is deposited in
a security company
to an individual who is willingly to build a charity home for
orphanage and abandoned kids.
I am in search of a reliable person who will use the Money to build
for the saints and the person will take 30% of the total sum. While
70% of the money will
go to the charity and orphanage. I am from Sarawak Malaysia, my
husband died 6 years ago as
a result of car accident. i don't want a friend or someone i know to
handle this project. I
want the actualization of my dream to establish this charity home to
come in reality even
while am dead.
The total money in question is $6.5million dollars. I will provide you
information's once you indicate your willingness,email@example.com
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